Original Research Article
Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 42-49
Effect of Neck Retraction Taping on Rounded Shoulder Posture in Desk Workers: An Experimental Study
Arti Kumkumwar1, Dr. Shilpa Chourasia2, Dr. Kiran Mendhe3, Apurva Tankhiwale1, Ishita Kulkarni1
1M.P.T in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, V.S.P.M’s College of Physiotherapy, Nagpur.
2Professor and HOD (Musculoskeletal Department), V.S.P.M’s College of Physiotherapy, Nagpur.
3Lecturer (Musculoskeletal Department), V.S.P.M’s College of Physiotherapy, Nagpur.
Corresponding Author: Arti Kumkumwar
Background: Rounded shoulder posture, the most common finding in physical therapy evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders among desk workers with prevalence rate of 15.2 %.
Study design: An experimental study.
Objectives: to investigate the effect of neck retraction taping on supine measurement of rounded shoulder posture, pectoralis minor length, and normalised scapular abduction ratio in desk workers with rounded shoulder posture.
Method: 40 individuals who are desk workers having rounded shoulder posture with age 20 – 50 years were recruited by convenience sampling. Neck retraction taping using two “I” strip placed over upper trapezius and levator scapulae which were kept for 2 days. Pre and post supine measurement of rounded shoulder posture, pectoralis minor length, and normalised scapular abduction ratio was measured using measuring tape. Data was documented pre and post 2 days of intervention and analysed using paired t- test.
Results: There was a significant improvement in supine measurement of rounded shoulder posture after application of neck retraction taping. The pectoralis minor length was improved from 14.28 ± 1.769 to 15.03 ± 1.801cms on right side and 14.37 ± 1.817 to 15.15 ± 2.060 cms on left side after removal of tape. Significant improvement in normalised scapular abduction ratio was observed post treatment.
Conclusion: The study concluded that neck retraction taping is an effective measure in correcting rounded shoulder posture in desk workers.
Key words: Neck retraction taping, rounded shoulder posture, desk workers.